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that we cannot accept as routine. >> president obama puts joe biden in charge of a task force. >> we know what we have to do. >> this is not a washington commission. >> he supports reinstating a ban on assault weapons. >> weapons of war do not belong on our streets. >> limiting high-capacity magazines. >> the nra is going to be holding a news conference. >> there is going to be an announcement made. >> the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions. >> it is very hard to determine what they mean. >> teachers are not law enforcement. >> we have all the information. >> this is not some washington commission. >> we have all the studies. >> time is of the essence. >> we have to do something, the american people want us to do something. >> it is hard out there, being a boehner. john boehner has gone from refusing to consider any tax rate increase. any tax rate increase at all to refusing to consider any tax rate increase without spending cuts attached to it. to now asking his members to pass a tax rate increase without any spending cuts attached to it. john boehner's plan b, which he wa
joe biden, two has negotiated deals in the past, obviously, with mitch mcconnell, has seemed to move this forward. they're going to continue negotiating, even though there won't be any votes tonight. so let me ask you, what is your sense of what's going to happen here? are we going to avoid going over the fiscal cliff? >> i don't know. i think it's 50-50 as we go into the final hours here now. the fact that negotiations are ongoing is a good sign. i served on what was known as the biden group in the summer of 2011. unfortunately, at the end of the day, as you remember, the republicans walked out of those negotiations. why? for the same time they've abandoned all the negotiations so far, is they didn't want to ask high income individuals to share greater responsibility for reducing the deficit. they wanted to put that burden on the middle class. maybe in the final hours, something will change there. but it's important to understand that's exactly what's happening there. they're using the clock and the final hours and the threat of a slowing economy and higher taxes on middle income fo
authority to say it joe biden. here is my problem with, this both of you. there is going to have to be consensus for anything to get done. all right? any kind of gun legislation, tightening up any laws. going to have to be consensus. you put joe biden in who is a very left wing guy and antigun in charge of shaping this and right away you alienate almost everyone who opposes. and i don't understand why that's happening here. you go. >> well, look, elections have consequences. right? have you got a president and vice president. very liberal guys. spouts very liberal policies. the main reason joe biden was chosen to head up this task force, bill, is because i wrote the original 1994 crime bill that contained the original assaults weapons ban. this is what we are going to end up getting. the president today talked about a couple of things, assault weapons ban. he talked about limiting magazines, very specific about that. >> bill: i don't want to get into that now because we'll see how it shapes out. whenever i hear the word, colmes, comprehensive or complex i have got a letter i will
, has said he has reached out to joe biden, the vice president, and not incidentally the president of the senate in that capacity. he has had a couple of conversations with him according to republican senators, one, just within the last hour, at least one, when mitch mcconnell left a closed door luncheon of republican senators to speak with joe biden by phone. we understand that joe biden, our crack white house team, put eyes on him going into the white house about 1:45 this afternoon. he was in delaware yesterday. seems unlikely at this point that biden would make the trip up to capitol hill for any face-to-face negotiations. democrats say this is simply a ruse, mitch mcconnell trying to go around harry reid, the democratic leader here and appealing to joe biden, trying to make it look in democratic estimation as if republicans are going the last mile, but, look, we're stuck. we're nowhere at this point. there was a major setback earlier. you mentioned it, the so-called chained cpi. a lot of people tweeted me and said what the heck is that? simply a revised way of adjusting cost o
by vice president joe biden. talking about what can be done to curb gun violence in our nation's schools. we're going to take you back to that podium there as soon as the president shows up to unveil what the interagency task force will look like. we want to move on and bring you other stories that are topping the news now. school officials in oklahoma have announced the closing of all public schools in the district today due to reports of a credible threat. there is an ongoing investigation and students are expected to return after their winter break. >>> an 11-year-old in utah may face criminal charges after bringing a gun to school on monday. it was reportedly encouraged by his parents to use it for protection. >>> in south carolina, high school student was arrested after officials found weapons in his car involving -- including a revolver, knife and dozens of rounds of ammunition. >>> high school student in maryland is now in a mental hospital after making what authorities call a credible threat to possibly shoot and kill others. investigators found charts and diagrams in the student
are being made in new hampshire. >>> vice president joe biden met with officials to launch a new task force to recommend new gun laws. >> for anything to get done we will need the advocacy of the law enforcement in this country. >> joe biden is over seeing the response to last week's school shooting. president obama will push congress to enact new laws limiting access like those used by the gunman. the connecticut school shooting has social media going off the charts. it led to more discussions about gun policy than other shootings. it says gun policy accounted for 30% of discussions examined on blogs and twitter in the three days following the massacre. >> newton, connecticut's tragedy is bringing bay area teens together. ktvu's dep ruv is live -- debora villalon is live with how the community is reacting. >> reporter: they have gathered here. for a week they have been wanting to do something. they will be lighting candles and share prayers and messages of hope. organizers reached out to neighboring high schools and invited students. many people experienced violence in their own lives so w
colleague vice president joe biden. >> willing to work with whoev er can help. it remain as possible sticking point. appears to be a willingness and interest or the courage to close the deal. >> top on the republican side sound hopeful because they believe vice president biden can cut a deal but it may not be tonight. >> president obama putting pressure on lawmakers to reach a deal. mr. obama making remarks about the fiscal cliff aired it earlier today. he put much of the blame on shoulders of the republicans if no deal is reached. the gop fired back saying the president should lead right now not cast blame. correspondent s henry is live from the white house. >> he is frustrated going on a talk show today in the middle of the negotiations. he has not been on one of the programs since 2009. he felt it was important to get the message out there. you are right he was pounding the same message again and again f. we go up the fiscal cliff for not meeting them halfway. >>> not because democrats and congre congre congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate but i think it has been hard for
she can inherit the obama -- the obama era. >> you leave me with the four you didn't pick. joe biden, he's going to have to figure out how to navigate the clinton industrial news complex, i like that. angus king, the independent, can he actually be an independent? that's what i'm watching. jeb bush, may be the transitional leader of the republican party whether he likes it or not, and jim demint. do you buy ceo of the conservative movement? >> it's hard for jim demint -- many ways, sort of like this aol/time warner merger. it makes a lot of sense on paper. the question is will he be able to overcome some of the institutional challenges. jim demint going outside of the senate into something that is out in the think tank world. >> we'll have more of this, more from the gaggle coming up, plus the six-year itch. is the bedrock of conventional wisdom or just a made-up thing. second term presidents struggling in his second midterm. we'll let you know whether we think it's real or a coincidence. >>> but first, our special trivia question, who was the first president and the most recent pres
put vice president joe biden in charge. he gave them only one month to come up with a set of recommendations that he would then push through congress. and then he opened up the floor to questions and all the white house press corps wanted to talk about was the fiscal cliff. come on! it just shows how out of it they are. they can't get outside the beltway. they don't know what the american people really care about! all right. we'll get into that and a whole lot more here. but first, before we get to your calls, we'll take time out to get the latest, today current news update from lisa ferguson joining us from los angeles. good morning, lisa. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. that task force is wasting no time getting to work, as bill mentioned, that's the task force president obama commissioned in the wake of the newtown tragedy. vice president joe biden will hold his first official meeting today. the group will develop proposals aimed at reducing gun violence in the united states and must put together a
felt joe biden was doing the same thing. he was clarifying this is pure ridiculousness. we had to cut this down a little bit. let's watch vp biden during the vp debate. >> transition. but what we also want to do in spite of their opposition. >> oh, god. >> this idea came from the clinton -- >> the answer, please. >> did they -- this is a plan that is bipartisan. >> no massive -- >> it's what we do. we do it for all constituents. >> i love that. >> it's how we all were responding to the whole thing. what? >> joe biden. i was happy there weren't commercials on that. if he had time to stop and go over to paul ryan and pee on his leg to show dominance. let's have the moment to acknowledge the magic amount biden had to get away with that. for the most part, he got away with that. imagine if the president was constantly laughing at his opponent, that would not have gone well. not well at all. >> not only white privilege. think about if joe biden behaved that way toward sarah palin, not only would he have been attacked. it's like he suddenly realized, that's totally what he wanted to do duri
with vice president joe biden at his side. the president.talking tough on the need to reduce gun voilence.especially mass shootings like the one we just saw. today we learned the vice president will lead a task force that will present a set of gun control recommendations to the president. >> it is encouraging of all backgrounds are willing to challenge and change longstanding positions. that conversation has to continue but this time those words need to lead to action. the point that this is complex no longer is an excuse for doing nothing. the fact that we cannot prevent every act of violence does not mean that we will steadily reduce the violence. and prevent the very worst violence. that is why i have a past vice president to lead members of my cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete all lines with proposals that i intend to push without delay. the good news is that there is a growing sense this. the majority of americans would prohibit the sale of high capacity ammunition rounds, and assault rifles. and support laws for background checks before all sales. i
instead. in about 45 minutes the president will name vice president joe biden to lead a government wide gun law reform initiative. in the meantime, the house minority leader nancy pelosi, and several of her colleagues are pushing right now to outlaw high capacity ammo clips and beef up security in schools. a few things are clear at the outset, a debate long dormant in this country is dormant no more. just like the pain from the massacre of innocents, the gun debate is not going to go away any time soon. dana bash is live on capitol hill. seems things are moving much faster he it white house. what is in the works right now? >> as you said we expect the president to come out and talk to reporters to officially tap joe biden, his vice president, for this role, very interesting role, to lead what is essentially being called an interagency look at what they can do post this horrible tragic shooting. not just with regard to potential new gun control measures but also with regard to mental health and other issues. he will be kind of scouring government agencies and leading a task force to do t
in for andrea today. deal or no deal? as vice president joe biden and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell continue negotiations, we just have learned that president obama will speak about the fiscal cliff at 1:30 p.m. eastern time. with all that happening, let's get right to our daily fix. nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill, nbc's kristen welker at the white house, and jonathan capehart, washington post editorial writer and my colleague and an msnbc contributor. okay, kelly. the action is on the hill where it's been for the last few days. let's start with you. this is a fast-moving story. give us the latest perimeters of what appears -- i emphasize appears to be the start of a deal. >> well, it has been coming closer together, so we are told. the question is what will the president be saying, and senior advisors here as well as senators i've spoken to say they do not expect that he is making any nounment of a deal, so we'll wait for the white house to determine that for sure. what we've been hearing is that they have moved off the issue of taxes and have been more focused on the
in the 1990's, and a big advocate? joe biden, who said it would have the moral suasion all over the world. treaties are useless. what matters is forced. >> are we -- we -- >> hold on a second. the united states president says something will happen. do you think he cares if it is written on a treaty and a turtle bay? >> treaty? >> i am making a retroactive. . > -- retroactive point. >> making a red line is important. i am not sure with the red line is. i am not sure how you bomb chemical weapons. >> you cannot. >> what form will the united states intervention take? >> there is no use of what brown her -- of a drone here. >> what if the weapons fall into the hands -- >> the real issue is not that assad is going to use them, because he hangs if he does that. the world will not give him refuge in russia or elsewhere the problem is if he is losing control, if he is using air bases, if this stuff in there in the hands of jihadists, we really have an issue. that is with the u.s. and turkey and others are worried at seizing it before it happens, because otherwise we will have al qaeda an-- >> i d
case for barack obama and joe biden and barack obama and joe biden had ever made. the other thing about bill clinton's speech is he had the ultimate line in it -- "this economy was so bad even i could not have fixed it." >> you pointed out in the opening of the show what was the worst political moment, which was the clint eastwood wasting 12 minutes of prime time when just before, you have had these truly heart rending stories -- heartwarming stories about the humanity of the republican challenger, and also a bio which was not shown. that was terrible. >> the reason why clinton's speech worked was because people know it was bill clinton giving that speech. so many speeches are written by someone else, and they read that way, and the public is sick of it. >> finally, predictions for the year ahead in the supreme court. >> the supreme court -- it will be a gonzo year involving the supreme court possibly striking down the voting rights act, the obstruction of gay marriage, and even weather you can patent -- whether you can patent a genie. >> happy new year to you. she gets the last word. w
with the latest. dab yell, good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell, vice president joe biden is now in on negotiations. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell reached out to him sunday night after talks with democrats stalled. but with just hours go until this deadline there are still obstacles standing in the way of even a watered down agreement. lawmakers left the capitol sunday night without a deal in place, but leaders from both parties expressed their willingness to continue working. >> there's still significant difference between the two sides but negotiations continue. >> i want everyone know i'm willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> some progress was made sunday when they dropped a proposal to slow social security growth but the main sticking point between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000 while many congressional republicans have pushed back on any increase in taxes. >> they say that the biggest priority is making sure t
president join. -- joe biden. even if he runs in 2016 for the presidency. >> named the head of the whole gun thing. >> i'm telling you -- this position. >> we'll have to wait. >> his political style is seen unfortunately for him as too aseckic for broad appeal. maybe you should talk to his wife about running for president. his wife is terrific. >> he may or may not run for president, john. but a lot of people love joe biden. he's an authentic voice and democrats in particular love him. maybe you got a problem -- >> we're talking about his wife as a candidate. >> jill? >> why not? >> because she's shown no political ambition. she teaches at a community college and she has a fine career. >> okay. best political theater of 2012. pat? >> i hate to say it but i think the democratic convention in charlotte. it was a real bell winger of a convention, very entertaining. >> eleanor? >> i second that and i loved clint eastwood interviewing the empty chair. that was classic. >> you really thought he had it all together. >> eleanor now? out of the chair. >> it was -- it was improvisation that you know,
on semiautomatic rifles that senator joe biden put in place, but you did not do much about it. this is not the first instance of a terrific gun violence of your four years. where have you been? >> here's where i have been. i have been president of the united states dealing with the worst economic crisis since the great depression, and automobile industry on the verge of collapse, two wars. i don't think i've been on vacation. and so, i think all of us have to do some reflection on how we prioritize what we do here in washington. as i said on sunday, this should be a wake-up call for all of us to say that if we are not getting right the need to keep our children safe, then nothing else matters. and it's my commitment to make sure that we do everything we can to keep our. children our a lot of things are involved in that. making sure they have decent health care and making sure they have a good education, making sure their parents have jobs. those are all relevant as well. those are not just side issues. but there's no doubt this has to be a central issue. that's exactly why i a
connell and vice president joe biden. we're some of the last people in the building. i know -- come on through, guys, if you want. there's one of the crews that -- the worker crews are starting to come into work tonight. we're the last reporting crew. all the members of congress have pretty much gone. the republicans in the house were meeting late tonight to try to talk about what to do, in the end this is what our producer deirdre walsh heard from them. the message is just sit tight, stay tuned and i think what we have to do, don, is find out tomorrow morning, whether there is any progress between senator mcconnell and vice president joe biden. there is definitely hope. there is not a lot of time. >> let me tell you this, lisa. when you see the workers there, and the crew that -- and those are the people who these negotiations are about. every day americans who work these types of jobs, who are every day americans and so there you go. i think that is absolutely tells the story. >> don, i want to -- >> go ahead. >> i want to sneak in one thing we found that hasn't been reported tonight. also o
. >> so you guys stuck me with the four that none of you picked. joe biden, the guy has to figure out how to navigate the clinton industrial news complex. angus king, the independent, can he actually be an independent? jeb bush who may be the transitional leader of the republican party, whether he likes it or not, and jim demint. do you buy ceo of the conservative movement? >> it's very hard for jim demint to go in -- it's in many ways like this aol/time warner merger. >> harder than you think? >> makes sense on paper, but will he be able to overkocome t constitutional challenges. >> we'll have more of this, talking 2016 after this. more from the gaggle coming up, plus the six-year itch. it's a bedrock of conventional wisdom, or is it just a made-up thing? second-term presidents supposedly struggling in his second midterm s it real or a coincidence? first who was the first president and who was the most recent president to officially start a term on a sunday? the answer and more coming up on "the daily rundown." ♪ [ woman ] too weak. wears off. been there. tried that. ladybug body milk?
. the president stood next to vice president joe biden who will head up the task force and told the american people this is not another washington commission and instead a group responsible for looking for real reforms by next month. >> if we are going to change things, it will take a wave of americans. mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals and gun owners standing up and saying enough on behalf of our kids. it will take commitment and compromise and most of all it will take courage. like the majority of americans, i believe the second amendment guarantees a right to bear arms. i am betting that the majority, the vast majority of responsible law-abiding gun owners would be the first to say we should be able to keep a law making few from buying a weapon of war. >> joining me now, radio talk show host michael smerconish, national political reporter for real clear politics and professor at the state university of new york and author of the book the politics of gun control. thank you all for joining me. professor, i like to start off with y
. joe biden, got to figure out how to navigate the clinton industrial news complex. i like this. news cop plex. angus king, can he be independent? jeb bush. jim demint. do you buy ceo of the conservative movement? >> i think it's very hard for jim demint to go in to -- i think it's many ways sort of like an awo n aol/time warner m. jim demint wouds of the senate and in to something that's in the think tank world. >> more of this. talking 2016 of this. more from the gaggle coming up. six-year itch. it's a bed rom of conventional wisdom. is it a med up thing? we'll let you know whether we think it's real or simply a consequence. >>> but first, our special trivia question. who's the first president and who was the most recent president to officially start a term on a sunday? the answer and more is coming up. i thought i'd start the video by showing you the apartment building where the fire was. when things like this happen, i think you find a new perspective on life. red cross put us in a hotel so we were able to stay together. we're strong and if we overcame that or if we can overcome t
held a mini news conference announcing a task force on guns led by joe biden and the state of negotiations which seem to be stalling over the fiscal cliff. joining me, managing editor of postpolitics.com. it was called to discuss the gun task force, but clearly the president wanted to send a signal about the state of play with john boehner and the state of play is that it is not good. >> you know, andrea, i agree broadly with you, although i would say the president did emphasize several times that they are not that far away, he cited a chart in "the new york times" the charts were similar. this is a "you should take the deal" press conference, and you're right, the president knew if he opened up the questions, he would get a fiscal cliff question. one of the things i was struck by was it was very clear the president was going to keep taking questions until he got another question on guns. he just kind of kept, okay, i'll take one more, one more, so it was a dual-purposed press conference, both to announce this gun control commission, although the president isn't calling it
joe biden off the bench. it is what we had been waiting for. the senate republican leader and the vice-president have a good working relationship. we saw that in the debt ceiling debate. they swooped in at the and down the made the deal happen. -- at the end and made it happen. it was an interesting move by mitch mcconnell to call joe biden today and try to jump- start these negotiations when they locked up with the majority leader on the democratic side. i think that will be something to watch here in the coming hours. how will it play? there are many concern that maybe you will cut a bad deal. will joe biden come in to embolden the republicans or will the democrats altogether across pennsylvania avenue? a big story line we are all watching now very closely. >> we hear senator reed wants to bring them back at 11. is it likely they will have some kind of deal or counteroffer in hand when the gavel back in? guest: i wish i could tell you. if i could, i would be a millionaire. i would have all kinds of future telling here that none of us can discern. the hope is that there could be some
in by vice president joe biden thursday. before his appointment, he served as a whole yes' lieutenant governor. -- he served as hawaii's lieutenant governor. the head of the environment protection agency is stepping down after four years. the tenure was notable for the high-profile fights against global warming the keystone oil pipeline, and new revelations of a coal-fired plant. jackson is expected to step down as president obama has a state of the union address. >> the president of the nra is weighing in on david gregory and his decision to put a high capacity ammunition clip on meet the press, which also caught the attention of d.c. police. >> there are two lessons don't ask the government what is legal and what is not legal because half the people don't know, and second that is a silly felony. >> it is illegal to have the high ammunition high capacity ammunition clip in the district. they say the incident demonstrates how outdated some gun laws are. a local man who has spent years on death row could soon be out of prison. >> the case has been ongoing for years, and now his mother
day pain relief with just two pills. >>> vice president joe biden will meet with law enforcement officers from around the country today to try to find ways to tighten gun laws in the wake of newtown, connecticut. the vice president is leading a new task force to develop ideas to reduce gun violence by no later than next month. president obama announced the initiative at the white house yesterday. >> the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence does not mean we can't steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst violence. >> joining me now msnbc political analyst and former rnc chairman michael steele and nbc political analyst former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> so the president is calling on the new congress to hold votes in january on banning the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips and background checks on all gun purchases. joe biden doesn't also have relationships on the
is needed. >> speaking that white house today president obama said vice president joe biden will lead the search for new gun policies to prevent another mass shooting. vice president joe biden will work with several agencies and outside experts to stop criminals and the mental health from having access to guns. >> we will have to work on making access to mental health as easy as access to guns. . >> reporter: the white house indicates the president is supportive of the new legislation sponsored by senator dianne feinstein. >> i am also betting that the majority, the vases majority of law -- the vasmu-- vases majority. >> reporter: congresswoman nancy pelosi says something must be done. >> we must take action to protect our children from harm to preserve the safety of our schools and keep our community safe. we must take action so that we can tell our children we are doing everything in our power to prevent these tragedies from ever happening again. >> president obama said gun control will be a issue for his second term and he will submit new proposals to congress. >>> bay area residen
takes a step forward. >> joe biden spoke today for the first time. >> the president is sab luteally committed to keeping this promise. >> he was not chosen by accident. >> he has such a long history with these issues. >> we are five per scent of the world's population and we have 50% of the guns. >> you have to deal with that glaring statistic. >> only six more days until the cliff now. after house republicans revolted tonight and john boehner had to send them away on their christmas recess. there are now only six days left starting the day after christmas for him to figure out a way to avoid going over the fiscal curb. tonight the house of representatives was supposed to vote on the plan b bill but when he realized he did not have the republican votes to pass that bill, something he could have learned last night if he had been watching this program he called a special meeting with house republicans a source in the room tells nbc news that he pleaded for votes. he told republicans they would lose their negotiating power if they didn't pass plan b. during the meeting, conservative ho
president joe biden was called in by mitch mcconnell, who said he needed a dance partner in all of this. guest: if you remember on friday, the president said he was going to turn over the lead to senator reid and senator mcconnell to work out a deal that could pass the senate and that he would sign on to whatever deal that was. senator reid and senator mcconnell were not able to reach that deal. the negotiations between them have turned increasingly bitter and senator mcconnell basically said that he could not work with senator read anymore and reached out to joe biden and ask him to resume the role that he has had in previous negotiations. the arbiter, the deal maker. joe biden had not been as involved atoll has returned to washington and is now part of the negotiations in a way that he had not been expected to until yesterday. host: what will the house and senate be voting on today? will there be an agreement on the fiscal cliff or an alternative plan that would continue unemployment benefits and keep taxes at the bush era level? guest: i'm not sure that anybody knows. and that includ
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with mitch mcconnell. in previous budget battles, joe biden has been the closer on these deals. his coming back from delaware might be a sign they are moving a little closer. that will be something to watch. the whole thing about changing cpi and reining in cost of entitlements, republicans are judging in on that. take a listen. >> one of proposals we made was something called change cpi but basically makes an adjustment in terms of how inflation is calculated on social security. highly unpopular among democrats not something supported but to strengthen social security in the long time i'm willing to make those decisions. >> reporter: in the morning, the president seemed to be opening the door to rein in those entitlements and then you heard harry reid shut the door on it. the president was talking in the context of reining in entitlements in a four trillion dollar debt deal not in the last minute deal, he would be willing to do that in much broader debt deal. but when you talk to republicans ron johnson from wisconsin, the real problem the president is not willing to rein in spending. >>
progress came out of the senate leader mitch mcconnell's meeting with vice president joe biden. >> we've been asking you, our viewers, to send in your thoughts, your messages to elected representatives. so let's close tonight with some advice from one of you to washington. >> my message to all of washington for the new year is to set partisanship aside working on behalf of 100% of the voters, fix this mess you've gotten us into, bring a balanced budget to the table to grow this economy for the long term not the short term. >> there you go. for the long term, not the short term. >> there you go. i'm don lemon. happy new year to you. jooirksz . >>> hello, i'm don lemon and this is cnn's top 10 of 2012. we look at the stories that captured our attention, what we see as the biggest stories of the year around the world, in crime, money, weather and even the biggestscandals and later this hour, those stories chosen by you. anchor of state of the union, candy crowley, with the top ten political stories of 2012. >>> like finding your favorite grain of sand on the beach. impossible number of p
reid, the name we haven't heard is vice-president joe biden. what's the significance of them bringing him in in the 11th hour discussion? >> i think it's important because he was in delaware this weekend and all of a sudden, suddenly, rushed back to the white house early today and that's significant because when they had things all boxed up a year and a half ago on the debt ceiling and looked like they'd hit a brick wall, it was joe biden reaching out to mitch mcconnell and bridged the divide and magically had a deal and some senior aides who say joe biden might be the key to unsticking this, afternoon biden and mcconnell worked on the debt ceiling, many years in the senate, obviously, together and that's why they have that relationship, there's some in the white house who call the vice-president the mcconnell whisperer, as if he has some sort of magic potion that bring people together. >> stuart? >> can i just ask you, ed, if there's any deal you've heard of that's bandied around here, any deal at all from either side which would cut spending on tuesday morning, new years day? >> no,
senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, the top republican in the senate, and vice president joe biden. these are the two players right now. they discussed a possible remedy late into the night, around midnight, we are told, by an aide to mitch mcconnell, and at least at the staff level negotiations began again this morning. the question everyone wants to know, suzanne, of course, is are we going over the cliff? it appears very -- it's sort of unclear at this point. it's difficult to see how we kind of don't logistically and politically at this point, but the president has said he's optimistic, and so have some republicans. >> brianna, finally, what is the drop dead last deadline here in terms of whether or not we know this is going to happen or it's not going to happen? >> reporter: that's interesting because everyone would presume the drop dead deadline is tonight, and obviously to avert some of these tax cuts expiring, and it's not just these income tax rates, it's a bunch of other things as well and these spending cuts, that would be tonight. but the sense i'm getting and the sense
now. the president promised action. the white house announcing vice president joe biden will head an administrationwide effort to come up with legislation in the wake of the newt down massacre. what form that takes is not clear. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom.". >> hi, everybody, i'm martha maccallum. the president said he would to everything in his power to bring about change after a gunman massacred 26 people including 20 young first-graders at a connecticut elementary school. we're told he will announce the effort today. it will happen a couple hours from now. bill: steve centanni from the white house. what do we expect there, steve? >> reporter: well, bill, we expect the president and vice president joe biden come into the briefing room in a couple hours and begin process gathering information from inside their administration to formulate new policy, any kind of policy. any idea that could prevent this kind of mass violence, these kind of school shootings to happen in the future. this cops as newt town, connecticut, deals with the mass shooting. the yesterday
of the country where they are sold. >>> at this hour vice president joe biden is meeting with law enforcement leaders from across the country as well as top administration officials in an effort to take the first crack at reducing gun violence. also at this meeting, attorney general eric holder -- busy day for him -- who suggested yesterday that president obama could change the cup's gun laws -- the country's gun laws with executive action. take a listen. >> well, i think that there are a number of things, and those are things that we're going to be talking about over the course of the next few weeks. not an extended period of time. the president, i guess, will be talking about this, but have specific proposals for congress to consider. we'll also look at what executive action the president might take. megyn: joining me now, chris stirewalt, our fox news digital politics editor and host of "power play" on foxnews.com live. so what kind of executive action is he talking about, chris? when he had the assault weapons ban in place from '94 to 2004, it was a big political deal, and a lot of folks
president joe biden to help reach an agreement. two men who have served as their party's closers, so to speak, on tough deals before. senate majority leader harry reid says he plans to have a plan up for a vote tomorrow morning. although there are serious differences on both sides. >> we're not going to have any social security cuts at this stage, it just doesn't seem appropriate. i still hold out hope we can get something done but i'm not overly optimistic but i am cautiously optimistic. >> republicans pushed back on claims by democrats that the social security benefit measurement, which is known as the chained cpi and basically would reduce the amount of money that senior citizens get under social security, was part of the republican plan. in any case, that is off the table. senator john mccain posted this on twitter, most of us agree the chained cpi is off the table in these negotiations. president obama continued to put public pressure on republicans during his appearance on "meet the press" today. >> it is very important for republicans in congress to be willing to say, we under
. >> the effort continued today. joe biden had lunch with middle class americans who will see their taxes go up if republicans refuse to extend 19% of the tax cuts before the end of the year. >> folks, this is not hard. this ain't rocket science. it would take 15 minutes from the time the decision is made by the speaker of the house to pass and make permanent the middle class tax cut. the president would probably have me spin up to the hill to bring the bill down for him to sign. it can be done like that. it is not complicated. >> vice president joe biden did not waiver on the white house's position. it's all about the top tax rates. >> every serious economist i have spoken to, left, right, and center, knows you have to do something about revenue and rates. you can't get there from here without affecting people at this table. or fooling around with the mortgage deductions. you can't get there without the rates being affected. >> the white house is not backing down on rates. the president sent his legislative affairs director to meet with the republicans on the hill. he told him the white house
. [ protesting ] >> their shouting was alarming to shoppers and sent managers running for security. >> joe biden went to costco. he wanted to buy some of this stuff. >> cenk: and then later in the show, there is a new member of the 1%, but we're on his side. >> suddenly he begins pumping his arms excitedly he asked the cashier check the ticket for him. >> he wanted everybody to look and check to see that he wasn't seeing things. he wasn't seeing things. it was the right numbers. [ male announcer ] red lobster's crabfest ends soon. hurry in and try five succulent entrees like our tender snow crab paired with savory garlic shrimp. just $12.99. come into red lobster and sea food differently. and introducing 7 lunch choices for just $7.99. salads, sandwiches, and more. rich, chewy caramel rolled up in smooth milk chocolate. don't forget about that payroll meeting. rolo.get your smooth on. also in minis. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: because we didn't have enough panelists today we brought in a couple of more. we're going to talk about costco versus walmart.
. >> joe biden went to costco. he wanted to buy some of this stuff. >> cenk: and then later in the show there is a new member of the 1%, but we're on his side. >> suddenly he begins pumping his arms, excitedly he asked the cashier check the ticket for him. >> he wanted everybody to look and check to see that he wasn't seeing things. he wasn'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n'n' >> wow! i've never seen anything like this. >> when disaster strikes sometimes the only way out is to look within. current tv digs deep into the extraordinary tales of heroism determination and escape. "trapped" experience the drama. back to back to back. >> hold on mates! >> catch the "trapped" premier mini-marathon today starting at 1 eastern. on current tv. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: because we didn't have enough panelists today we brought in a couple of more. we're going to talk about costco versus walmart. we always hear from big companies like walmart there's nothing we can do. we have to pay our employees dirt cheap wages nothing we can do until you find out about costco
to the vice president asking him to get involved in this in part because joe biden was in the senate for so long and has been able to help bring the two sides together in previous cases where they were down to the wire. we know that call has gone out. harry reid says he has reached out to the president on the phone a couple of times. republicans say there is no single issue that should break this. there is something that democrats are talking about. what we have learned is in an offer presented by republicans last night at 7:00 included within that was a request to make a change to how future increases to the payments of social security would change. not taking any money away presently but over the years to come reducing the amount of increase. that is called chain cpi. for democrats it is a nonstarter. here is majority leader harry reid. >> we're not going to have any social security cuts. at this stage that doesn't seem appropriate. i still hold out hope that we can get something done but i'm not overly optimistic but i am cautiously optimistic. >> so you hear some sense that there might
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